Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). (CSPAN)
(CNSNews.com) - On Tuesday, before entering the Senate chamber to vote to move forward on health care reform, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was a “strong, conservative attorney general” and affirmed that he, Cruz, was not under consideration for the job.
“Senator Cruz, is it inappropriate for the president to be attacking Jeff Sessions?” asked CNSNews.com.
The senator answered, “Jeff Sessions is a good man and a strong, conservative attorney general.”
CNSNews.com followed up by asking the Texas senator about rumors that he was under consideration for the job of attorney general. Cruz immediately responded by saying, “no.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (Screenshot.)
Earlier on Tuesday, President Donald Trump tweeted about Cruz’s former colleague in the Senate, saying, “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!”
The president has been open about his frustration with Sessions for several weeks. On Monday, the president referred to Sessions on Twitter as “our beleaguered AG.”
Also, Trump told The New York Times in an interview: "Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job, and I would have picked somebody else."
Sen. Cruz and other leading conservatives have defended the attorney general’s reputation and job performance, while others have sidestepped the issue.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) made it clear at a press event on Tuesday that the president gets to decide who works for him.
“He’s the executive branch, we're the legislative branch. He decides who is hired and fired in the executive branch,” stated Speaker Ryan. “That's his prerogative. If he has concerns or question or problems with the attorney general, I'm sure he'll bring them up with him.”